30 September 2011 In space performance of the lunar orbiter laser altimeter (LOLA) laser transmitter
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In this paper we present the final configuration of the space flight laser transmitter as delivered to the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) instrument along with some in-space operation performance data. The LOLA instrument is designed to map the lunar surface and provide unprecedented data products in anticipation of future manned flight missions. The laser transmitter has been operating on orbit at the Moon continuously since July 2009 and accumulated over 1.8 billion laser shots in space. The LOLA laser transmitter design has heritage dated back to the MOLA laser transmitter launched more than 10 years ago and incorporates lessons learned from previous laser altimeter missions at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
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Anthony W. Yu, Anthony W. Yu, George B Shaw, George B Shaw, Ann Marie Novo-Gradac, Ann Marie Novo-Gradac, Steven X. Li, Steven X. Li, John Cavanaugh, John Cavanaugh, } "In space performance of the lunar orbiter laser altimeter (LOLA) laser transmitter", Proc. SPIE 8182, Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing VII, 818208 (30 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.898546; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.898546
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